When you stand as surety for an accused person in court, you’re simply telling the court that you can be held in place of the suspect if they run away.

It is common sense then, to be sure that you truly know such persons and trust them not to jump bail.

But it appears 40-year-old Michael Oriyomi did not get the memo.

The trader was on Friday docked before an Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court after he stood as surety for two accused persons.

Oriyomi of No. 26 Ayobami St., Okitipupa is standing trial on a charge of reneging on the surety’s agreement.

The prosecutor, Insp. Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the accused on March 1 around 11:30 a.m at Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court stood as surety for Omolere Akintebura and Akintunde Akintebura.

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The accused were standing trial for malicious damage and unlawful assault of Akin Omosuwa in February.

And the surety promised to always produce them in court for proceedings, but the accused had jumped bail to pervert justice.

Orogbemi said that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 126, Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State 2006.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge levelled against him.

The Magistrate, Mr Banji Ayeomoni, granted the accused bail of N100,000 and a surety in like sum.

Ayeomoni said that the surety must present one-year tax clearance.

He also said that the surety must present the two accused in court in the next adjournment of April 30.

The question now is would you stand as surety for a man who has been failed by two people he stood as surety for?

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